• May 31, 2010
2011 BMW 5 Series M-Sport – Click above for high-res image gallery

For those BMW fans who appreciate the more aggressive looks of the automaker's M division models but either don't have the budget or don't need their full performance capabilities, Bimmer also offers M-Sport packages that take you part way there. With the new 5 Series now making its way to dealers and customers in Europe and North America, the corresponding M-Sport pack can't be far behind.

As with previous iterations, this prototype suggests that the new model will receive a deeper front air-dam with larger intakes, side sill extensions and a re-contoured back bumper to accommodate the larger the tailpipes. We don't have any interior shots but M-Sport packages typically including some trim upgrades like aluminum or carbon-fiber, along with more aggressive sport seats and potentially a different steering wheel.

Mechanical changes with M-Sport packages are typically limited to wheels and tires, brakes and perhaps some suspension bits. Both the M-Sport and M5 are expected to debut at the Paris Motor Show in September.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Why did they even bother covering up (or not even adding) the BMW emblem? Its not like anyone wouldnt know right away. Nice car though. I do wonder how they will start differentiating the 3 and 5 series. Even the new 7 series looks way too much alike, just bigger. It might just be me, and don't get me wrong I know the inside is what matters to most of us here, and they are all clearly different for anyone who knows anything about cars, but I'm sure that a significant number of buyers want their 80 thousand dollar car to look a little more different from the 30 thousand one. Then again, who knows?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Well, the 911 works like that and Porsche does pretty fine. Although I do agree that a bigger variety in styling would be nice.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm probably in the minority here, but I really like the direction BMW are taking. Reminds me of the 90's when the 3, 5, and 7 series all looked like different sizes of the same car. And I think that's what got them ahead (apart from the superior driving dynamics) because when most people look at the BMW lineup, they're not thinking: "Hey, I can buy a 5 series that looks like a 3 series but costs twice as much!". They're probably thinking: "Hey, I can buy a 3 series that looks like a 5 series but costs half as much!". Same goes with the 5 and 7 series. As for the styling, even for an M car it's understated, crisp, timeless, and I LOVE it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am not liking the new look.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think the reg model looks ugly.....this looks better.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I reckon something will click in their heads and the next 5-series will be the size of a 3 series, the 3 series will shrink to a 1 and fwd will be off the agenda. Then they will go bankrupt. You heard it here first.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ah, the old "poseur" package.
        • 4 Years Ago
        First thing that came to my mind: "I didn't know BMW made a ricer package."
      • 4 Years Ago
      I would dig a license plate pixelator. That car looks pretty good except for the tail end that looks like a Infinite M.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I know, they have commercials on TV for that new Buick thats says its the same car as the Lexus ES, and they are proud of that fact.
        • 4 Years Ago
        all cars are starting to look alike. globalization is causing convergent evolution.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Have BMW and Honda (more specifically Acura) gone to the 1990's General Motors school of design? Many of the designs we have seen recently from both car makers either strike me as boring or ugly. This BMW M5 does not convey a look of performance. It looks to me like another bland sedan.

      While BMW and Acura make some of the performing vehicles these days, I look at the 5 Series Gran Turismo, the X6, ZDX and all Acura grills and wonder if they have outsourced design to laid-off Aztek and Oldsmobile designers (and marketers). I want a car that performs well and looks good.
      • 4 Years Ago
      audi rims?
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pre-Bangle BMW sedans had some panache, but lately they all look alike and they're all boring as hell. Yeah, this one has a deep front air-dam with larger intakes, side sill extensions and a re-contoured back bumper to accommodate the larger the tailpipes, but it's still B-O-R-I-N-G.

      C'mon, Kia and Hyundai create more compelling sedan designs. You'd almost think that BMW design believes that the badge alone will bring in customers. Mercedes and Audi are leaving the guys from Munich way behind design-wise. Yeah Bangle screwed the pooch, but hire another "emotional" designer and get some excitement into these sedan designs!
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks really good. to me it looks like a 3 serie coupe with 4 doors.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who doens't like exhausts in weird shapes? Oval, square, hexagonal, etc...

      Just keep 'em round!
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pic made me think.....BMW Santa Clause!

      .....ok, ok, I need to get my coffee.....
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